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In "Looking As A Radical Act," artist Zora J Murff will discuss the history and evolution of American anti-Blackness and how phenomena like black codes, spectacle lynching, government-endorsed segregation, mass incarceration, state-sanctioned police murder, and socioeconomic disenfranchisement are all tied to the practice of chattel slavery. Throughout this violent history, individuals have employed the camera and image-making as a tool for social and political liberation. Murff will also explore the importance of intention to photographic seeing and how he continues this tradition in his own artistic practice.

The camera footage of the murder of Laquan McDonald incited a personal obsession with the nuanced relationship of identity politics and imagery. Primarily, At No Point In Between stands as a discursive narrative on the evolution and perpetuation of anti-Black violence. The works are assembled to create a disjointed time-experience, carrying the viewer through a history of white police murdering Black people, spectacle lynchings of Black people by white mobs, redlining endorsed by the federal government, and Black lives persisting throughout. Murff presents complicated connections between images and contexts to, “plot and give figurative shape to formless threats whose fatal repercussions are dispersed across space and time.” The work challenges the ways we choose to collectively believe in and, therefore, empower images. It highlights how social policy can be identified in physical phenomena. It re-writes complex American narratives about race, power, and violence outside of conventional understanding white gaze.

www.zora-murff.com

 

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